Archived — Charlene Moss

Year: 2012 — Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

Arbour Glen Day Nursery
1017 Adelaide Street North
London, Ontario N5Y 2M8

Contact Info:
Phone: 519-439-3701
Email: Charlene Moss

Type of setting: Childcare centre for children ages 3 to 6 years

Philosophy of care

If play is the work of all children that would make Charlene Moss their professional developer. Every encounter is an opportunity that Moss can turn into a lesson. Moss has a knack for tapping into connections and resources. After 20 years of service, she has many relationships with both families and the community to show for it.

Support of child development

  • Moss take cues from cultural celebrations, holidays and other events to start discussions, organize activities and have fun. When children saw their parents wearing poppies, Moss had them explore why and even helped them plan a special tea party to honour a past grandparent who was a paratrooper in the Second World War.
  • Students are never bored with regular visits from Reptile Rob and his collection of creepy crawlies, or an astronomer who tells them about the stars and the sky.
  • Moss lets a series of books and stories lead her curriculum. Children receive a letter from Willy Wonka with clues to find a hidden Wonka bar, or they become knights, beavers and lions ready for adventure like the characters in the Chronicles of Narnia.

Involvement with parents, families and the community

  • Through her summer programming, Moss accesses a multitude of community resources for field trips to museums, markets, farms and conservation areas. They go to splash pads, bowling, and even take a city tour on a double decker bus.
  • Students quickly learn the importance of giving back to their community as Moss encourages them to save Canadian Tire money for the Toys for Tots program or brings them on monthly visits to the local nursing home.

Rave reviews

Charlene is an amazing puppeteer. Many a rainy day has meant exciting puppet shows with Charlene as the main puppeteer. Even adults get caught up in her shows. I live in fear that one day a representative from Sesame Street will spot her talent and steal her away.


Charlene sees the unique qualities and strengths of each child. She nurtures a love of books and as a result, these children read because they want to rather than because they have to.


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